The minister said the proposal would push the representation of women to a mere 20 per cent and urged critics to stop reading mischief in the move.
“President Kibaki’s Government supports more women representation in Parliament so they work alongside the male MPs,” Karua said
Meanwhile, Community Based Organisations are opposed to the creation of the proposed 50 parliamentary seats for women.
The organisations, through their national chairman, Mr Tom Aosa, questioned the move and said it would set a bad precedent.
Aosa wondered why it was the women that had to benefit from the seats and not other groups like the disabled or youth.
“At what stage was it decided that women had to get more seats in Parliament and not the marginalized?” he posed. Speaking to journalists in Naivasha, Aosa challenged women to go for the seats rather than sit back and wait for them.
He said that was a move by Government to get women votes come the General Election.